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Peter Hanslow (1798–1866)

Peter Hanslow (1798-1866), a gunsmith and blacksmith was found guilty, along with Benjamin Gray, Isaac Mills, and Joseph Wilks, at the Warwick Assizes on 2 August 1817 of stealing a quantity of wick yarn, the property of Samuel Lefevre. Sentenced to seven years transportation, Hanslow arrived at Sydney aboard the Globe in January 1819. He was described in convict records as being 5 feet 3¼ inches tall, with a florid complexion, flaxen hair and hazel eyes. His brother Benjamin was transported in 1827.

Hanslow worked in a government shipyard in Sydney before returning to his occupation as blacksmith in 1824 at the end of his sentence. He married Mary Porter on 7 March 1825 at St Philip's Church, Sydney; they had four sons and four daughters. Following her death, he married Louisa Berringer on 13 April 1840; they three sons and eight daughters. He was listed as a publican on his death certificate; his age was given as 66 and his cause of death as heart disease.

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Alternative Names
  • Onslow, Peter

Birmingham, Warwickshire, England


28 February, 1866 (aged ~ 68)
Redfern, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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Convict Record

Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Warwickshire
Trial Date: 2 August 1817


Occupation: gunsmith


Children: Yes (19)